Officials with the S.C. Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities broke ground this week for a new 10,000-square-foot building for the school’s music department. The planned two-story building will include additional studios, practice rooms, large ensemble spaces and humidity-controlled instrument storage space.
The music department is the school’s largest department, with approximately 95 high school students, according to a news release.
The S.C. General Assembly appropriated $4.31 million dollars for this project, which is expected to be completed in one year, the release said. The architect for the project is DP3 Architects Ltd. and construction is being done by Clayton Construction Co.
"This addition ushers in a thrilling new chapter in the lives of the music department's first-rate faculty and students as an answer to a long-held need for more space," said Stephen Taylor, music department chairman, in the release. "This new facility will help our department move forward in exciting and significant ways."
The school’s music department serves students from across the state and provides training in brass, percussion, piano, strings and woodwind instruments, as well as vocal training. The current facilities do not provide adequate practice, rehearsal and storage space to effectively accommodate the department's needs, according to the school.
"This new and last addition to our campus will allow us to be more effective and efficient in serving our music students," said Cedric Adderley, school president, in the release. "This state-of-the-art music facility will complement all that we already have in place to support our music program well into the future."